Second time around: Fitz and The Tantrums

Fitz and The Tantrums
Fitz and The Tantrums at the TLA in Philly, 11-12-2011

Just wanted to write a short post to give some love to a band that’s become a big favorite of mine over the past year — Fitz and The Tantrums.

It was around this time of year in 2010, when WXPN started playing “MoneyGrabber,” the first single off FATT’s Pickin’ Up the Pieces CD and I became a fan. I even wrote an “Artist to Watch” post about them last December.

My wife and I went out to see Fitz and The Tantrums play at World Cafe Live in Philly back in January 2011 and discovered something that mainstream music fans don’t know…Fitz and The Tantrums are arguably the best live band around right now.

That show in January was one of the best shows I have ever attended so when FATT announced they were coming back to Philly to play a show on their current tour at the Theatre of Living Arts (TLA) in Philly, I immediately bought tickets for another shot of Fitz and The Tantrums. Last night, my wife and I

And I am pleased to report that Fitz and The Tantrums were even better the second time around. Band leader and frontman Michael “Fitz” Fitzpatrick makes the Energizer Bunny look lazy. Fitz brings it every song of the set and female vocalist Noelle Scaggs matches Fitz’s energy level every step of the way with some playful interaction that turns up the heat even more from time to time.

The other cool thing about this band is that they totally love and respect their fans. Fitz makes it a point to thank the fans every show that they are the reason they get to do what they do. At one point last night, he seemed to genuinely get choked up with the crowd’s response to their music. After the show, they came down to the pit in front of the stage for a meet and greet. So not only is this band awesome from a musical standpoint, they also just “get it.”

I’ll add videos from Fitz and The Tantrums’ set at the TLA below as I find them on YouTube, but further down this page you will find video(s) of the opening act, Walk the Moon, who were pretty damn entertaining in their own right…

Fitz and The Tantrums – Don’t Gotta Work It Out (TLA, 11-12-2011)

Fitz and The Tantrums – Tighter (TLA, 11-12-2011)

Walk the Moon
The opening act for Fitz and The Tantrums on their current tour is Cincinnati’s Walk the Moon. While I’m not crazy about the “war paint” they wear on their faces — and that band members apply to fans’ faces before their shows — I was quite impressed with their set and are definitely worth checking out. Here is a video of Walk the Moon performing their song, “Anna Sun,” from their I Want! I Want! CD.

Walk the Moon – Anna Sun (TLA, 11-12-2011)